Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Pointless fun

Just for fun, under no illusion that this means anything, here's a list of what I off the top of my head consider to be the ten finest modern sf novels, in reverse order so as to make the shockingly controversial choice for number one all the more shocking (is it actually shocking? I doubt it), allowing only works that everyone agrees are sf (well, there's at least one that many would say is fantasy rather than sf), and only one novel by any given writer. If I were to make the list tomorrow or next week or five minutes from now no doubt it would be entirely different. Well, I suspect the top three would remain about the same, though the order might shift a bit.

Commence the pointlessness!

10. A.E. van Vogt, The Weapon Shops of Isher (1941-1942/1951)
9. Stanislaw Lem, Solaris (1961)
8. Clifford D. Simak, A Choice of Gods (1972)
7. Candas Jane Dorsey, A Paradigm of Earth (2001)
6. Kim Stanley Robinson, The Mars Trilogy (or just Blue Mars if a trilogy doesn't count) (1992-1996)
5. Ursula K. Le Guin, The Lathe of Heaven (1971)
4. Samuel R. Delany, Trouble on Triton (aka Triton) (1976)
3. Alfred Bester, The Stars My Destination (aka Tiger! Tiger!) (1956)
2. Joanna Russ, We Who Are About To... (1977)
1. Arthur C. Clarke, Rendezvous with Rama (1973)

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